Saturday, 23 June 2012 03:00

Kobler Urges for Cooperation to Complete the Relocation of the Remaining Residents of Camp Ashraf

Baghdad, 23 June 2012 -- Almost six months have passed since the Memorandum of Understanding was signed between UNAMI and the Government of Iraq to peacefully relocate the residents of Camp New Iraq to Camp Hurriya. So far almost 2,000 residents have been relocated to Camp Hurriya in a peaceful and orderly way, with only 1,200 remaining. عربي  كوردی


“On this occasion, I would like to thank both the Government of Iraq and the residents for their cooperation,” SRSG Kobler said. “It is important to complete the relocation in the coming weeks. I count on the constructive spirit of all sides."


Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the UN is committed to provide 24/7 human rights monitoring and UNHCR processes. "About 70 UN personnel are currently involved in monitoring the relocation process and the human rights situation in Camp Hurriya, and in interviewing the residents. I would like also to take this opportunity to extend my deep gratitude to all UN personnel involved, who are working under difficult circumstances," SRSG Kobler said.


SRSG Kobler reiterated that the Government of Iraq is the only negotiating partner of UNAMI on the fate of the residents of Camp Ashraf and Camp Hurriya. He will continue to stress that, under the MoU, the principle of non-refoulement will be respected and no one will be involuntarily repatriated.


SRSG Kobler will continue to urge the Government of Iraq to respond positively to the residents\' legitimate and reasonable demands with respect to humanitarian issues, in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights law.   All must cooperate to complete promptly the movement of residents from Camp Ashraf to Camp Hurriya.


Reminding the Government of Iraq of its responsibility for the safety and security of the residents, as stated in the MoU, SRSG Kobler strongly urges the Government of Iraq not to resort to non-peaceful means.


The United Nations, as an impartial facilitator, reminds all parties that it will remain a partner in a peaceful and voluntary process. “This position on peaceful relocation is not subject to compromise,” Mr. Kobler said.


SRSG Kobler said that it is crucial that the international community speed up their efforts to resettle the residents outside Iraq.  These efforts are urgently needed.

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